Wednesday, September 19, 2007

caught in the act

A lot has happened in the last two weeks. I have helped my sons get settled into college in Boulder. On one trip up there, my car was hit from behind and the insurance company totaled it. It worked out for the best since they offered me a fair price for it. I am at a point where I can start cutting back on the number of cars that I maintain. So…what did I decide to do? I have been thinking of buying a motor scooter for several years and I finally did it!

Today is day two of commuting to work on my scooter. I am not the bravest soul on earth; frankly I was terrified when I test-drove it and again when I took it out for the first few rides. I am taking it slow and easy and it is getting easier and easier. The next challenge will be to get prepared with the right clothes for cold weather commuting since I plan to ride it most days except when the roads are icy or snow-covered. Did I mention that it is a blast? I know it is dangerous, however, I am one bundle of defensive driving. I just assume that everyone else on the road doesn’t see me AND is out to kill me at the same time. I live very close to work and I can stick to neighborhood roads all the way there.

This morning I headed out with tripod bungeed to the rear rack and took my sunrise photos on the way to work. I consider myself the world’s worst bird photographer. However, this morning the geese gave me chance after chance to catch them in flight. I like this image – even if one goose got cut off! If you look at the largest size, you can even see that one of the geese had his mouth open – caught in the act of “honking.” I never get bored watching these amazing birds.


At 4:36 AM, Anonymous paul said...

That scooter ride sounds like a lot of fun. I remember having a moped and the fun that I used to have with that.

I remember reading, in the book "Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance" about the author saying that riding on a motorcycle was a whole experience. He said that you couldn't even get close to the experience with just the windows rolled down.

That is a beautiful shot.

At 6:02 AM, Anonymous Val said...

Yes, beautiful shot, I agree. Silouhetted against the dawn like that is beautiful. I think it takes some planning to make sure you are in the right position to put the birds between you and the sunrise like that and to be ready to catch the moment just as it happens.

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Monterey John said...


At 7:56 AM, Blogger Cool Daddio said...

Hey that was great opened up large. Congrats on the scooter though I can't imagine riding it below sixty degrees ;-)
My step son is all settled into School of Mines in Golden so maybe we'll get a chance to meet someday.

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Blueberry said...

Sorry about your car trauma and glad you are OK.

Geese and others must be headed south now because I am starting to see a LOT more birds around. I love it.


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